Lately I have been feeling pretty nostalgic when it come to my reading taste, leading me to pick up the Twilight-esk novel Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs.
While, in later life, I am able to understand the problems within Twilight but yet still appreciate it as one book that instilled my love of reading, I figured how much harm could it be to pick up something similar in description.
So, what did I think of Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1)? Keep on reading to find out my thoughts and opinions.
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Dinner with a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs
Publisher: Harper Voyager (October 11, 2012)
Print Length: 549 pages
Audiobook Length: 17 hrs and 19 mins
Narrator: Josie Dunn
For Violet Lee, a chance encounter on a darkened street draws her into a world beyond her wildest imaginings, a timeless place of vast elegance and immeasurable wealth – of beautiful mansions and lavish parties – where a decadent group of friends live for pleasure alone. A place from which there is no escape…no matter how hard Violet tries.
Yet all the riches in the world can’t mask the darkness that lies beneath the gilded surface, embodied in the charismatic but dangerous Kaspar Varn.
Violet and Kaspar surrender to a passion that transcends their separate worlds – but it’s a passion that comes at a price…
With a cliche plot and lackluster characters Dinner with A Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) should be a series that starts and ends on date number one.
Dinner with A Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) is a fantastical tale that follows human Violet Lee as she is kidnapped upon witnessing a massacre in Trafalgar Square, only to realize that her captors, including the charismatic Kaspar Varn, are blood thirsty vampires hellbent on keeping the peace between the human and paranormal worlds.
I don’t even know where to start, technically speaking. I guess lets start with the fact that this book didn’t need to be almost 600 pages long. The story, especially the romantic bits felt like they were copied and pasted several times, leading to a very unoriginal plot. Also, it felt like Gibbs was trying to shove too much content into the book, given that the fact that by the time Violet is revealed to be a heroine, more than three quarters of the way in I may add, it didn’t feel like an earth shattering revelation. Finally, and this is probably what bothered me the most, is the use of the word slut and whore to describe Violet once she kindly declines a romantic advance, from practically every single vampire in this book. I mean, I know Twilight has its problems, but this book would definitely win in a battle of which vampire book is more damaging.
The characters are equally as dubious. Violet is one of the most placid kidnap victims, only attempting escape once. I mean, yes, she almost dies at the hand of a giant squid (you did read that right), but after that she is so complacent with the vampires that it’s almost like she forgot what they did to have her there. Also, though she does initially hate Kaspar, in an instant, and for no reason, she decides that he is the one for her, even in spite of Kaspar’s abuse. Speaking of Kaspar, he is a horrible character who spends the book threatening and abusing Violet until he no longer finds it amusing, instead taking it upon himself to reciprocate feelings of ‘love’. Finally, for the first half of the book, the only character I could stand was Kaspar’s best friend and potential Violet love interest, Fabian. However, unlike Jacob in Twilight, Fabian takes Violet’s rejection horribly turning from decent character into a downright awful person.
Overall Rating: 1 out of 5 stars.
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And those are my thoughts on Dinner With a Vampire (The Dark Heroine #1) by Abigail Gibbs. Have any paranormal romance recommendations you think can help me forget this book? Leave them as a comment below and help my TBR grow.